This year for my out of school service, I volunteered at my dance school, the 92Y, as an assistant usher for dance shows. One of the benefits of being an usher is that I can see the performances being shown. It was a lot fun to see the different shows as it exposed me to different kinds of dance that I was curious to know more about or have never seen at all. This experience also brought me closer to my dance community; I discovered that Barry Blumenfield, the dance teacher at Friends, also teaches dance at the 92Y. I was also able to explore different aspects of my community, to see at as more than just a place where I take my classes. Seeing all the various ethnic forms of dance helped me to see it as a true cultural center. As an assistant usher I was also better able to understand some of the behind the scene work that goes into organizing an event.
These photos are from some of the shows I ushered and was able to see:
This was a show called The Laughing Stone, done by Sin Cha Hong, a dancer, choreographer, and vocalist from Korea. The dance was a kind of modern dance done at a slow tempo, almost like slow motion. I had never heard of this kind of dance before and thought it was relaxing to see the slowness of the movements in sync with slow tempo music. It was an interesting contrast in pace from the fast-paced movement dances I’m used to seeing and performing.
This was a show called Broadway Takes Two, done by a group of theater choreographers including Justin Boccitto (curator and director), Megan Doyle, Ryan Kasprzak, Jeff Shade, and Richard J. Hinds. The dance was a mix of theater dance with some tap dance and singing. I especially loved this show because this is one of my favorite kinds of dance and Megan Doyle and Heather Childs were performers in the show. Megan is the Director of the 92Y School of Dance and Heather is the Program Associate of the 92Y School of Dance. They are also both teachers at the 92Y School of Dance and I have known them for a few years. I was very excited to have the opportunity to see them perform.
This was a show called Tamashii no Hibiki (Soul Vibrations) done by the Keiko Fujii Dance Company from Japan with select dancers from New York. The dance was a type of modern dance with ballet with Taiko drumming. This was another kind of dance I had not deeply explored. I had started my study of dance at three with ballet but when I was seven, I started to take Tap and Jazz.